New Release Books by Mark Tatulli

Mark Tatulli is the author of The Big Break (2020), Short & Skinny (2018), Daydreaming (2016), Desmond Pucket and the Cloverfield Junior High Carnival of Horrors (2016) and other 12 books.

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The Big Break

release date: Mar 31, 2020
The Big Break
A full-color graphic novel about growing up, growing apart, and monster hunting, perfect for fans of Real Friends and All's Faire in Middle School. Andrew and Russ are best friends obsessed with finding the legendary Jersey Devil that supposedly lives in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, right in their own backyards. They're even making a movie about their desperate search for any sign of the mythical creature. But when Russ starts spending less time on their movie, and more time with artsy, first-chair violinist Tara, Andrew feels the cracks in their friendship begin to form. Suddenly, all of Andrew's favorite things are too babyish for Russ, and Andrew is left trying to figure out where he belongs without his best friend by his side. Then a rash of Jersey Devil sightings excite their small town, and the boys are thrown back together on a fevered hunt. Can Andrew and Russ put aside their differences for one last chance to find the monster of their dreams, or will the break in their friendship be too big to mend?

Short & Skinny

release date: Oct 16, 2018
Short & Skinny
New from syndicated comic strip artist Mark Tatulli comes a full-color middle grade graphic memoir that centers on Mark's own experience in the summer after seventh grade. As a middle schooler, Mark finds himself on the smaller side of the physical spectrum--being short AND skinny has really wreaked havoc on his confidence. So to end his bullying woes and get the girl--or at least the confidence to talk to the girl--he starts to explore bulking up by way of the miracle cures in the backs of his comics. But his obsession with beefing up is soon derailed by a new obsession: Star Wars, the hottest thing to hit the summer of 1977. As he explores his creative outlets as well as his cures to body image woes, Mark sets out to make his own stamp on the film that he loves. Mark Tatulli's graphic memoir debut is a humorous and heartfelt take on body-image, finding a creative outlet, and spending a summer in the 70's.

Daydreaming

release date: Sep 27, 2016
Daydreaming
A young boy named Henry embarks on a normal, average day at school, but his daily activities are hopelessly disrupted by his overactive imagination. Breakfast turns into a fantastical adventure through his cereal box, and his classroom becomes a whirlwind of flying books. Along the way, an off-screen voice scolds him to "Stop daydreaming!" In a fun and unexpected twist, it turns out that Henry and his adventures were part of a young girl's imagination all along. Exuberant and innovative, this debut picture book by comic strip creator Mark Tatulli is a celebration of imagination and the power of daydreaming.

Desmond Pucket and the Cloverfield Junior High Carnival of Horrors

release date: Feb 16, 2016
Desmond Pucket and the Cloverfield Junior High Carnival of Horrors
When we last saw Desmond Pucket, he was fresh from rescuing a bus full of monsters from the now defunct amusement park ride The Mountain Full of Monsters. But in all the chaos of the monster rescue, Desmond never stopped to think what he was going to do with all of these scary props. But if there's one thing Desmond always has, it's ideas for making monster magic! Join Desmond and his posse of pranksters as they create their greatest show yet: The Cloverfield Junior High Carnival of Horrors!

Desmond Pucket and the Mountain Full of Monsters

release date: Aug 05, 2014
Desmond Pucket and the Mountain Full of Monsters
Desmond Pucket is back, and this time he has a posse. Desmond has been waiting his whole life for this day. It is the sixth-grade field trip to Crab Shell Pier, home to the world's most awesomely fantastic ride, and Desmond has one goal: convince Tina Schimsky to ride it with him. But once inside the amusement park, Desmond finds that executing his master plan will be no simple feat. Accompanied by his best friend Ricky, Desmond must outwit both the tyrannical Mr. Needles and his nefarious mortal enemy Scott Selzer, along with anyone---or anything---else in the way. The race is on to reach Mountain Full of Monsters and win the girl of his dreams . . . Can Desmond do it?

Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic

release date: Oct 01, 2013
Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic
"Tatulli's entry into the comics/fiction--hybrid market is one of the best…The target audience will snap this up and beg for more." ---Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "This is full of ghoulish fun, and fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid probably won't want to miss it." ---School Library Journal "Desmond Pucket neatly fills a gap for our readers---it's a step more sophisticated than Diary of a Wimpy Kid but appeals to that reader. It's also so great to have a Halloween/monster/scary stuff series to offer boys that is not Goosebumps." ---Rebecca Waesch, Children's Product Manager, Joseph-Beth Booksellers Meet Desmond Pucket---professor of frightology and master of monsters. Someday Desmond will be famous for his special effects wizardry, but for now he's just trying to make it through sixth grade at Cloverfield Memorial Junior High, which means he needs to stay one step ahead of the school's disciplinary officer, Mr. Needles. The only problem is Desmond just can't stop pulling pranks---like the time he attached a shrieking rubber goblin to the toilet seat in the teachers' bathroom. Mrs. Rubin screamed so loudly her wig flew off! Or the time he put giant motorized worms into the mashed potatoes in the cafeteria. Or the time Desmond and his best friend, Ricky, arranged for a three-headed ghost to crash his sister's slumber party. Rachel still hasn't forgiven him. And now Desmond has to stay prank-free for the rest of the year, or he won't be able to go on the class trip to Crab Shell Pier, home of the Mountain Full of Monsters ride! It's going to be tough, but Desmond has to try. This book includes a section of "Desmond's Notes": instructions for making monster magic (think scary noises, or fake blood) at home!

Lio: Making Friends

release date: May 14, 2013
Lio: Making Friends
A curious young scientist and comic book fan, Lio is the defender of the defenseless and the inventor of a legion of zombie bunnies. Lio is joined in his day-to-day exploits by his exasperated and sleep-deprived father, a pet snake named Frank, a squid named Ishmael, and various imaginary robots and creepy, crawly monsters. Within this humorously macabre framework of sarcasm, parody, and high jinks, sidesplitting laughter abounds—all without so much as a word.

Lio: There's a Monster in My Socks

release date: Oct 02, 2012
Lio: There's a Monster in My Socks
Collects the assorted adventures of Liåo, a curious young scientist and comic book fan, as he creates a horde of robot bunnies, wrangles his many monster pets, and manages his exasperated, sleep-deprived father.

Zombies Need Love Too

release date: May 01, 2012
Zombies Need Love Too
"... Mark Tatulli's Lio isn't just a charmingly macabre strip about a creepy little boy who dabbles in the occult; it's also a daily demonstration of how a skilled artist can express sometimes complicated comedic ideas without any dialogue. . . ."— A.V. Club, The Onion Lio is a small boy with a penchant for befriending squids, monsters, and aliens. He's a curious scientist, a comic-book fan, defender of the defenseless, and creator of an army of zombie bunnies. All without saying a word. Zombies Need Love Too is Lio's fifth book with AMP.

Reheated Lio

release date: Oct 11, 2011
Reheated Lio
Emmy award-winning artist Mark Tatulli’s comic strip, Lio, is dark, twisted, visually stunning and totally irresistible. Distinguished by Variety as "a fast riser," Mark Tatulli's morbidly mirthful comic strip Lio proves that happiness is indeed a modified Snuggie for you and your favorite eight-armed cephalopod. Reheated Lio, the fourth Lio cartoon collection, includes 40 weeks of color Sunday strips as well as black-and-white daily strips. Drawn in the style of cartooning greats Gahan Wilson, Charles Addams, and 19th-century satirist A. J. Volck, Lio is a pantomime strip that tells its story without any dialogue or cartoon captions. Fans of Lio recognize the spiky-haired ghostly pale youngster as a curious scientist, a comic-book fan, the defender of the defenseless, and the creator of a legion of zombie bunnies, flanked by his creepy coterie of friends, including giant squid Ishmael and the scythe-carrying grim reaper. Inside Reheated Lio, readers learn how Mr. Sneaky's Jokes and Gags can make archery practice more fun, along with the many uses of spiders--including their essential roles in Girl Scout cookie procurement and as a quality pizza condiment. Cozy up to your favorite Snuggied cephalopod with Reheated Lio.

There's Corpses Everywhere

release date: Sep 14, 2010
There's Corpses Everywhere
Through the age-old style of pantomime strips, Tatulli's Lio offers a decidedly new and edgy twist to the wordless comic format. That's right--Lio is so crafty it doesn't need word balloons, dialogue boxes, or copious captions. Employing a unique drawing style influenced by cartooning greats Gahan Wilson, Charles Addams, and 19th-century satirist A. J. Volck, Tatulli's cartoon creation is completely nonsyllabic but dramatic nonetheless, and was awarded as 2009's Best Newspaper Comic Strip by the National Cartoonists Society. The result of Tatulli's creativity is a mind-bending, comical, and astute journey into the darkly detailed world of spiky-haired Lio, a curious young scientist and comic book fan whose daydreams embark from the dark chasm where wit and sarcasm collide. Defender of the defenseless and the inventor of a legion of zombie bunnies, Lio is joined in his day-to-day exploits by his exasperated and sleep-deprived father, a pet snake named Frank, a squid named Ishmael, and various imaginary robots and creepy, crawly monsters. Within this humorously macabre framework of sarcasm, parody, and high jinx, sidesplitting laughter abounds--all without so much as a word.

Silent But Deadly

release date: May 01, 2009
Silent But Deadly
This strip offers a fresh outlook and appeals to everyone . . . LIO is a comic strip that's edgy, funny, visually stunning, and truly different." --Daily Cartoonist With a feature film in the works from producer David Kirschner (Child's Play, An American Tail), LIO deftly melds the macabre with its brand of dark humor. Having been distinguished by Variety as "a fast riser," Mark Tatulli's morbidly mirthful pantomime comic strip, LIO, is humorously astute and just slightly askew in its perception of the world. Centered around an odd, ghostly-pale child named LIO, and his creepy coterie of friends, including a giant squid named Ishmael and a scythe-carrying grim reaper, LIO; is influenced by cartooning greats Gahan Wilson, Charles Addams, and 19th-century satirist A. J. Volck.

Lio's Astonishing Tales

release date: May 01, 2009
Lio's Astonishing Tales
A boy's imagination is unleashed in Lio's Astonishing Tales: From the Haunted Crypt of Unknown Horrors. The 2009 National Cartoonists Award for Best Newspaper Comic Strip, Lio is unique in its pantomime content and drawing style. This treasury includes creator commentary and origins of Lio. It's slightly dark and terribly funny. Lio, the main character, a young boy with an imagination that has no limit, explores everything kid. From bumps in the night to things hiding under the bed, readers get an inside look at different shades of humor but always come out the other end unscathed and laughing. "Lio is brilliant!" --Dallas Morning News

Theres Corpses Everywhere

release date: Aug 10, 2010
Theres Corpses Everywhere
Emmy award-winning animator and producer Mark Tatulli’s comic strip Lió is dark, twisted, visually stunning and totally irresistible. Lió is a curios scientist, a comic-book fan, defender of the defenseless and creator of an army of robot zombie bunnies—all without saying a word. Through the age-old style of pantomime strips, Tatulli's Lio offers a decidedly new and edgy twist to the wordless comic format. That's right--Lio is so crafty it doesn't need word balloons, dialogue boxes, or copious captions. Employing a unique drawing style influenced by cartooning greats Gahan Wilson, Charles Addams, and 19th-century satirist A. J. Volck, Tatulli's cartoon creation is completely nonsyllabic but dramatic nonetheless, and was awarded as 2009's Best Newspaper Comic Strip by the National Cartoonists Society. The result of Tatulli's creativity is a mind-bending, comical, and astute journey into the darkly detailed world of spiky-haired Lio, a curious young scientist and comic book fan whose daydreams embark from the dark chasm where wit and sarcasm collide. Defender of the defenseless and the inventor of a legion of zombie bunnies, Lio is joined in his day-to-day exploits by his exasperated and sleep-deprived father, a pet snake named Frank, a squid named Ishmael, and various imaginary robots and creepy, crawly monsters. Within this humorously macabre framework of sarcasm, parody, and high jinx, sidesplitting laughter abounds--all without so much as a word.

Heart of the City

release date: Jan 01, 2000
Heart of the City
Heart is a precocious girl whose adorably energetic presence attracts everyone around her. She loves dressing up, playing with her Karlie and Ben dolls, and dreaming of the day she can finally get her ears pierced. Her best friend, Kat, shares her pal's hopes and dreams-and believes she'll someday marry Leonardo DiCaprio. Heart's mom, an overworked and underappreciated single mother, showers her girl with love, but resolutely resists Heart's attempts to find her a man. Mrs. Angelini rounds out the cast as the matriarch who takes care of Heart while Mom's at work.This first Heart of the City book collects strips from the cartoon's first successful year, a debut that attracted legions of loyal fans. Created by Mark Tatulli, Heart of the City has a gentle presence, exemplifying the sweet and sassy realities of modern, urban child-rearing.

Short and Skinny

release date: Oct 23, 2018
Short and Skinny
New from syndicated comic strip artist Mark Tatulli comes a full-color middle grade graphic memoir that centers on Mark's own experience in the summer after seventh grade.
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